In Hong Kong 1964: Thirteen-year-old Katusha Ostroumoff and Doug Wilson overcame choppy seas to win the women's and men's sections of the Hong Kong Water Ski Championship at Deep Water Bay. 1966: Seven-year-old Chan Lup-kwok won a $13,000 MG1100 in a raffle conducted by the St Joseph's College's Old Boys' Association. 1968: Lord Geddes, president of the British Chamber of Shipping, denounced the practice of Hong Kong-owned ships flying the British Merchant Navy Red Ensign when making forays into North Vietnam. Around the world 1497: Portugal's Vasco Da Gama became the first navigator to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a sea route to India. 1718: Edward Teach, the pirate known as 'Blackbeard', was killed off the coast of North Carolina. 1842: Mount St Helens in Washington state erupted. 1878: In Afghanistan, the British captured the Ali Musjid fortress, starting the Second Afghan War. 1916: US writer Jack London, author of the novels White Fang and Call Of The Wild, died. 1935: A Pan American Airways plane, China Clipper, flew from California to the Philippines, the first trans-Pacific airmail flight. 1943: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Roosevelt and Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss the war against Japan. 1954: Andrei Vyshinsky, Soviet diplomat and lawyer, died. He was chief prosecutor during the Great Purge trials of the 1930s and later Soviet foreign minister. 1963: US President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. 1974: Gunmen hijacked a British Airways VC-10 at Dubai; three days later they abandoned the plane at Tunis after murdering a passenger and securing the release of Palestinians from jails in Cairo and The Hague. 1977: After two years of legal wrangling, the Anglo-French Concorde began regular flights to New York from London and Paris. 1980: Actress Mae West, sex symbol of the 1920s and 30s, died. 1989: Newly elected Lebanese President Rene Muawad was assassinated in west Beirut. 1990: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigned after 11 years in office. 1991: The UN Security Council picked Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Boutros Boutros-Ghali to be UN Secretary-General. 1996: An Australian court jailed Martin Bryant for life for the massacre of 35 people at a tourist site in Tasmania, in April 1996. 1998: Croatia and Bosnia signed three ground-breaking pacts settling their relations following the Bosnia war. 1999: Unknown gunmen killed Algerian Islamist leader Abdelkader Hachani. 2000: President Vladimir Putin inaugurated Russia's new State Council, but warned the regional bosses who sit on the advisory body not to challenge his Government's authority.